California’s 2011 almond acreage is estimated at 835,000 acres, up 1 percent from the 2010 acreage of 825,000. Of the total acreage for 2011, 760,000 acres were bearing and 75,000 acres were non-bearing. Preliminary bearing acreage for 2012 is estimated at 780,000 acres.
Nonpareil continued to be the leading variety, followed by Butte, Carmel, Monterey and Padre.
Kern, Fresno, Merced and Stanislaus were the leading counties. These four counties had 64 percent of the total bearing acreage, unchanged from the previous year.